5 Unique & Cool Things to do in Bangkok

Discover a new side of Bangkok! Follow our tips for the unusual, unique and cool things to do in Bangkok. Hidden places and memorable experiences in Thailand.

Bangkok – Thailand, love it or hate it! It’s one of the best cities in the world, but to say this it took me almost 8 months living in Bangkok. On my first trip to Bangkok I hate it! I hate it with all my soul… However doing some research and meeting local friends I learned to enjoy the city, how to find cool things to do in Bangkok, awesome places and unique experiences that you can only have in this great city.

You may be travelling to Bangkok for a holiday, or a few days stopover before heading to the amazing Thai Islands [here is all you need to know about Phuket and Thai islands], you can’t waste time trying discover the cool things to do in Bangkok. To help you make the most of your holiday, we wrote this guide. It´s an upgrade of the traditional Bangkok travel guide we wrote with all famous tourist attractions and transportation tips. Here you gonna find unique things to do in Bangkok, places and experiences that will turn your trip to Thailand memorable. Wish I had a guide like this before my first trip to Bangkok, it would have saved months of my enjoyable life here.  

There are many cool things to do in Bangkok, visiting the ancient temples as Wat Poh is only one of them!

Before we get started let’s assume you already booked your flight to Bangkok [if not, click here for the best airfares]. And that you already have an idea what are the main tourist attractions in Bangkok [like Wat Poh Temple, Grand Palace, Chao Phraya River…]. Because this post is gonna give you extra tips on how to have fun and enjoy Bangkok. Some amazing hotels to stay, local experiences and even some adventure. Follow us on a journey through the unique and cool things to do in Bangkok. 

» 1º  Sleep in style and wake up with the best views

First things first, you need a place to stay in Bangkok. A hotel that is well located, near to all the tourist attractions, comfortable, and preferably with a scrumptious breakfast. Although, if you are looking for awesome things to do in Bangkok I would add to the list above a great view, a stylish room and art. It´s Bangkok, a unique experience in the city starts with a unique hotel.

We have stayed at many hotels in Bangkok and a few of them are incredible! Here are three suggestions of the best hotels in Bangkok for an out of ordinary stay:

One of the unique and cool things to do in Bangkok is stay at top hotel and enjoy the amazing views from Lumpini Park and the city skyline!

» Artistic and with a view to die for: SO Sofitel Bangkok

The hotel concept was created by “monsieur” Christian La Croix for the renowned French hotel chain Sofitel. The result is a hotel that goes beyond your senses, and will make you feel you are in an art gallery, or in a trendy bar or restaurant, rather than in a hotel in Bangkok. You can choose among 238 rooms spread across 30 floors and 4 themes: Metal, Earth, Wood and Water. You can pick a room that suits your style or try something new. We stayed at the SO Comfy Earth room, the edgy style and the view of the corner suit was jaw dropping

Stay at So Sofitel Bangkok, the hotel itself is one of the awesome and cool things to do in Bangkok!

SO Sofitel gives you more than good a night of sleep. Among the cool things to do in Bangkok, a few of them are literally inside the hotel. Pool party with gourmet food and special cocktails, checked! Rooftop bar on the 30th floor with the best view of Bangkok, checked! A breakfast and swimming pool overlooking Lumpini Park, checked!  

Where else in the world can you stay in a french design hotel, overlooking a cosmopolitan skyline eating noodles for breakfast.? Only in Bangkok baby!

» Classy and luxury: Oriental Residence Bangkok  

Oriental Residence is one of the best hotels in Bangkok and we nominated it as one of the best choices for a romantic trip in Bangkok [check our full list of Romantic & Honeymoon Hotels in Thailand]. The hotel has everything you need and desire with elegant service and flawless decoration. It´s luxury, classy and clean. There nothing is over or too much, it´s always perfection. 

Oriental Residence is one of the best hotels in Bangkok. There you get amazing rooms, superb service and will be close to all the attractions and cool things to do in Bangkok!

It’s the perfect choice for people who want be close to all the attraction in Bangkok, with superb rooms and good options of dining and breakfast at the hotel. We stayed at the Grand Deluxe Suite and love it! The room has a homey feeling, all you need after a long day exploring all the awesome things to do in Bangkok. 

» Affordable Luxury and the best hotel  for shopping in Bangkok: Amari Watergate

If you want to check all the interesting things to do in Bangkok, stay in a great hotel and also save some money, Amari Watergate is perfect for you! The hotel is huge, and it´s in the heart of Bangkok, surrounded by shopping centers, street markets and food stall. But what we loved about Amari is not the strategic location, is the Executive Club they have. 

Amari Watergate Hotel is in the heart of Bangkok, perfect for shopping and to check all the cool things to do in Bangkok.

We stayed at the Executive Suite and had access to the Executive Club, what means that we had the privilege of staying on the top floors, a lounge on the 32nd floor with special breakfast and daily happy hour only for executive guests. Super comfy rooms, great view and daily free drinks and gourmet food to start the evening. This is a great deal!!

» 2º  Escape from the urban & chaotic Bangkok

When I say that I hated Bangkok, I was telling the truth. The traffic in the city is mad, some days the air pollution can make you dizzy, and the smell of Thai food can be surprisingly  strong. You will find yourself tired of haggling with taxi drivers and hopping for one stunning temple to another. When you feel that you had enough of the urban and chaotic Bangkok, is time to see another side of the city. It´s time to visit Bang Krachao, a unique attraction in Bangkok and still unknown for many travellers.

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Bang Krachao is still a secret for most of the tourists that travel to Bangkok! And is definitely one of the most unique and cool things to do in Bangkok!

Most of Bangkok travel guides only mention Lumpini Park as the green escapade of the city, but actually Bang Krachao, an island in the middle of Chao Phraya River, is the green lung of Bangkok. A big part of the island remains preserved, with a few houses and cars, some local business and a park. The best way to get around is by bicycle, so prepare your comfy clothes and let´s go cycle. 

Visit the island is not that easy, but totally worth it. No doubt it’s one of the cool things to do in Bangkok, and if you go during the week it will be very quite and enjoyable. The best way to go to Bang Krachao is to take the BTS Sukhumvit Line till Bang Na Station, there you get a taxi and ask for Bang Na pier or Wat Bang Na temple [here is the map from the station to the pier]. At the pier you will find a ferry to Bang Krachao, don’t be scared, people and motorbikes go all together, fine.

Among the cool things to do in Bangkok and at Bang Krachao islands is cycle along the park and visit workshop of handcrafts!

When you arrive in the island, just beside the pier you will see a stall selling drinks and renting bikes. Rent a bicycle for the day, buy some water and don’t forget to ask for a map. Go and explore Bang Krachao! You might cycle a lot, but the vibe is awesome. And you might get lost, but don’t worry it´s an island, you will find your way back to the pier.

In the island there is a nice and hipster hotel [Bangkok Tree House] with a cafe for a strategic stop and some refreshments. If you feel like doing local activities there is a cooperative that teaches you how to make herbal pillows [you can get a massage there too] and another place where you can learn how to make joss stick and other Thai handicrafts. Don’t forget to visit the ancient temples, they are stunning!

While exploring Bangkok you will visit many temples, but one of the cool things to do in Bangkok , specially at the Bang Krachao island, is to visit the ancient an non touristy temples.

» 3º  Surf is one of the cool things to do in Bangkok

Update: the FlowHouse is temporally closed, as soon as we have more information we will share with you! 

Traditionally all the Bangkok travel guides will tell you to watch a Muay Thai Fight, and do it, it’s great! Although, as we are talking about cool things to do in Bangkok and unique experiences you can find in this amazing city, I will give you a different suggestion. When travelling to Bangkok go surfing! No, I’m not crazy, I’m only taking your holiday trip to Bangkok to a different and awesome level!

I´m sure you never thought about this, but one of the most exciting and cool things to do in Bangkok is to surf a static wave in the middle of the town!

It’s no secret that Rob and I love water sports. While travelling in Bangkok we found a great way to fulfill our desire for adrenaline: we went surfing! And it turned out to be one of coolest things to do in Bangkok. The name is Flow House and there you can surf on a static wave, try your balance and surf moves, or just laugh yourself off with all the falls. From kids, to couples, to friends, everybody can have fun, you don’t need to be a surf expert. 

» 4º  Discover delicious coffee and hidden places in Bangkok

Thailand produces a lot of coffee, and if you travel to the Northern part of the country you can visit hill tribes that produce organic coffee. But if Chiang Mai is not on your travel plans, you can satisfy your passion for coffee in Bangkok too. You can take your taste buds through a journey of heavenly coffee and discover hidden places in Bangkok. Cafes, restaurants and bars well decorated, with stylish crowd and speciality coffee.

Fulfill your passion for good coffee! Bangkok has many hidden places serving specility coffee and discover this cafes was one of the cool things to do in Bangkok!

Our journey through the best cafes and coffees in Bangkok was guided by Pippo, a lovely Thai guy that knows everything about espresso, cappuccinos and lattes. We found him through Take Me Tour, a really cool company that connects local people and travellers. You get to experience the best of Bangkok with a personal and passionate guide. We love coffee and the 4 hours tour we did with Pippo was beyond our expectations.

We went to 5 different cafes, all them hidden in trendy neighbourhoods and small streets that we would never find by ourselves. Pippo drove us to all the places, and every stop a new story and more cool things to do in Bangkok. We tried different types of speciality coffee from Thailand, Colombia, Costa Rica and many more. We not only learned about coffee, we also discovered a new side of Bangkok that most of the tourists will never see: local designers, artists, coffee lovers and young entrepreneurs. All this while sipping good coffee and eating delicious Thai food!

Coffee from all around the world, roasted and grounded in Bangkok. Ready to satisfy your desire for good coffee! So many different and cool things to do in Bangkok!

Five stars for Pippo! What a unique experience in Bangkok we had! If you don’t like coffee don’t worry, Take Me Tour has many local tours and I’m sure you will find other unusual and interesting things to do in Bangkok with them.

» 5º  Gourmet food market, one of the exciting things to do in Bangkok

Thai food is delicious [at least for us]! But I totally understand when travellers tell us that after a week in Thailand they are tired of eating Pad Thai and fried rice, that’s normal! That´s why our list of cool things to do in Bangkok  includes food, but not only Thai food.

Bangkok has an enormous range of international restaurants, serving from French cuisine to Argentinean steaks. Tripadvisor is the best tool to find restaurants in Bangkok, if you are in doubt if a place is good or not, check the reviews on Tripadvisor. But it doesn´t work for Thai street food or small local eateries. So here is our first food advice, if you feel adventurous go and try everything from the streets. If it smells good, if it looks clean, eat!! 

Hungry? Let´s try something new! One of the most delicious and cool things to do in Bangkok is to explore gourmet food market!

However, if you are not confident enough for trying street food, we have you covered! One of the cool things to do in Bangkok is to go for a lunch or happy-hour/dinner at the Commons Market. It´s a mix of a gourmet food restaurants in an open space market. A mall where people get together to share food and good moments, such a unique thing to do in Bangkok.  

The crowd is a mix of expats and Thai. All the restaurants are gourmet, cooking with the best ingredients, fusion recipes, in a cool and modern atmosphere. You can try Thai dishes and also international menu as lobsters, pasta, french pastries and many more.

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Discover a new side of Bangkok! Follow our tips for the unusual, unique and cool things to do in Bangkok. Hidden places and memorable experiences in Thailand. Go beyond the traditional tourist attraction in Bangkok and fall in love with the amazing city!

 

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Have you fall in love with Bangkok? Hope your answer is “Yes”! We want to inspire you to discover a new side of the city and all the unusual things to do in Bangkok. Thailand´s capital is more than temples and handcraft/souvenir markets, more than Khao San Road and Chinatown. All these places are great, interesting attractions that you must visit, but go beyond them. If you are travelling to Bangkok for the first time, don’t forget to read our other guide, where we help you to plan the perfect travel itinerary for your trip to Bangkok

Bangkok is a destination itself, a place you can stay a week or more and your days will be packed with unique activities and awesome things to do. When planning your trip to Thailand don’t use Bangkok only as a base to arrive, shop and leave the country. Stay some extra days and follow our tips for cool and unique things to do in Bangkok. I’m sure you will leave Thailand with a different perspective and a desire to come back! If you wanna know about prices and how much does it cost to travel in Thailand, we have another blog post with all the costs to travel and live in Thailand, ready to help you! 

Do you like our suggestions? Any more tips about unique and cool things to do in Bangkok? We are always in search of awesome experiences!

38 Comments

  1. Thanks for all the great tips and advice. We’re still planning to spend a few months in Thailand next spring so your ideas from across the country have been a great help. Keep having fun you guys!

  2. Great write up! I may just print this out and follow your exact footsteps, looks like some very cool things to do (and places to stay). I’m especially interested in the surfing part! 😀

    1. The surfing is awesome Vanessa!!
      Such a cool and unusual thing to do in Bangkok!
      If you need more tips to enjoy the city in a different way, feel free to email us! 😉

      Rob

  3. I absolutely adore Bangkok! I must admit I always stay in the same little boutique hotel when I come but the Sofitel looks amazing – those views, I may have to reconsider 😉

  4. You are a rockstar!! (you are a star and you rock :-D). I love your style, pics and this post. Why did you hate Bangkok at first?
    The hotel looks great and the views show me a city so green… I didn’t expect it!

    1. Hi Sabrina!!
      Thanks for the rockstar 🙂
      Bangkok is too busy, too dirty, too many people… it takes you out of your comfort zone very fast and intensely… That’s why I didn’t like love it at the first sight, but now I love it!

      Cheers,
      Nat

  5. One of my favorite hotels in the world is in Bangkok – I stayed there five years ago and still send family and friends there. One great thing about Bangkok is that there are so many hidden corners and undiscovered amazing things there, you almost always feel like you’re the first to find something or stumble upon something. it is pure magic.

    1. Your are so right Drew!! I think we could live in Bangkok for 5 years and it won’t be enough to see and discover all the hidden places. That city is amazing and keeps surprising me!

      Thanks for stoping by!

      Nat

    1. You are welcome Meg!
      Definitely you gonna like Bang Krachao, it so relaxing and green there, very different from Bangkok. If you like outdoors, maybe is worth to check Koh Kret another islands on Choapraya River but on the north side, around Nonthaburi area.

      Enjoy Thailand!

      Nat

    1. Thanks Taylor!!
      We want to show a different side o Bangkok. Most of people only visit the temples and go shopping there, but the city is amazing and worth a long stay!
      All the best,
      Nat

  6. I can only do big cities for a few days at a time without getting a bit claustrophobic so cycling around the green space on Bang Krachao is really appealing to me and stumbling across an old temple or two would be a definite bonus. You are right that it’s somewhere you don’t usually here about so tips on getting there are really appreciated.
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    1. Hey Toni!
      Bang Krachao is a stunning place, completely different from the urban Bangkok.
      Thank God it’s hard to find the place, so we can keep it calm and relaxing…
      Cheers,
      Nat

  7. I didn’t love Bangkok on my first visit either. But now, it’s not my favorite place but I really enjoy going partially because you can find a lot of hidden gems. Great job pointing some really good ones and a few I didn’t know about. You picked some great hotels and next time I go I’m going to check out Bang Krachao.

    1. Good to know that I’m not alone in this love and hate relationship with Bangkok! 🙂
      And please put Bang Krachao on your next trip, I’m sure you gonna enjoy it!
      Happy Travels,

      Nat

  8. Great list! We always tend to skimp on the accommodation wherever we go so that we have a bit of extra cash to enjoy the destination – but your hotel recommendations are incredible! I might try living it up in style on my next visit to Bangkok.. and anywhere else!

    1. Hi Vicki,

      We are very concerned about saving money too. But we always talk before planning a trip and we choose if we want to stay in a nice hotel to experience it, or if we only need a place for shower and sleep. So in some trips we go for budget options and in other we splurge a bit. the secret is to keep the balance! 😉

      Happy Travels,

      Nat

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